By Stephanie O’Brien, Care & Maintenance Manager
I am very blessed to consider Italy a second home and have traveled to many different corners of the splendid country, always amazed by, and in awe of, the beauty that surrounds me. On my most recent vacation, it was a different experience than in the past, more stone-conscious, so-to-speak. From ancient sites to classical churches to modern construction, natural stone is an integral part of the history of the country.
This trip, I became more acutely aware of the surfaces around me, in large part because of my profession. What I saw repeatedly on these surfaces was an array of natural stone – marble, granite, limestone, travertine – not always in perfect condition, or at least what most consider “perfect condition.” I saw stains, etches, cracks, open fissures, and all the things most people consider to be imperfections. Stone enthusiasts like me consider these to be a patina that occurs naturally and can only be expected when you co-exist with stone that was mined thousands of miles away and created by earth’s elements. Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder.
So here is where I ask you – which category are you in? Do you enjoy the natural, rustic look or a pristine, polished stone? If you are in the latter category, believe me when I say you are not alone. I have conversations with clients daily pleading me for a solution to their etching and staining. Unfortunately, there is no chemical, sealer, or product that can stop the calcification process that leads to a dull spot showing up on a polished surface. I have never been able to provide them a solution – until now! The industry is catching up to the demand and there may finally be a solution to this problem.
Introducing Azerocare by Antolini. Azerocare is a revolutionary and unprecedented treatment for natural stone, without sacrificing or affecting colors and characteristics of natural stone. Antolini’s Azerocare treatment is the first ever of its kind to offer protection from etching and staining caused by acid-based food elements, oil, fat, and grease. The Azerocare treatment does not react to UV-rays and increases the superficial hardness of the material by 50%. It is also a bacteriostatic treatment and surfaces treated with Azerocare only require water, neutral soap, and a non-abrasive cloth to wipe down the surface after usage.
This exclusive collection of material will afford you jaw dropping stone that is the signature of Antolini, without the worry that a spray of lemon juice may etch your stone or that your glass of wine may leave a mark. The Azerocare collection is offered in a variety of stone types and colors and exclusively by Antolini. Although this treatment cannot be applied to existing stone, I am quite sure you will find a slab that will catch your eye and work perfectly for your project. So why wait to experience this collection for yourself? Call us today to set up your appointment – 617-389-7818.